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The Typewriter Database 197X IBM Selectric Composer Serial # 30-5030550 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Clark Hinson: 197X IBM Selectric Composer Serial # 30-5030550 The IBM Selectric Composer was introduced in 1966. It was a huge leap forward in desktop publishing. It featured proportional spacing that other Selectrics lacked, plus it could justify and it used the interchangeable type element that allowed many different size and type fonts to be printed.

This machine was in storage for many years in a hot outside shed in Florida. The oil and grease turned to a near-solid glue that was almost impossible to remove. Although the machine was in working condition when it was stored, time, dirt, heat and moisture nearly destroyed it.

Like any other Selectric, I first started soaking it to clean and loosen it up. It took many, many hours to get everything cleaned and lubricated again. I found the motor capacitor had swelled and gone bad from age and heat. I ordered a replacement online from an HVAC supplier. Luckily, I had all the manuals to find the specs since I couldn't read what was printed on it. Another gear in the print geartrain had a broken tooth which I replaced from a Selectric II. The leadscrew bias gear was cracked and a replacement couldn't be found. I repaired it the best I could by drilling out some relief holes and compressing the crack together with a hose clamp. I filled the holes with JBWeld and wrapped wire around the gear to help it stay together.

After many hours, it actually works again. What makes this machine special is not only does it have proportional spacing, but it justifies too. In the 1960's, that was a real advantage for publishing. It does all this with purely mechanical functions - no electronics at all!

The errors in the typesample are mine, not the machine.

Model - 6251

SOLD

From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Clark Hinson:
197X IBM Selectric Composer

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197X IBM Selectric Composer
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30-5030550

Status: Sightings
Created: 12-18-2013 at 03:57PM
Last Edit: 08-22-2015 at 11:36AM

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The IBM Selectric Composer was introduced in 1966. It was a huge leap forward in desktop publishing. It featured proportional spacing that other Selectrics lacked, plus it could justify and it used the interchangeable type element that allowed many different size and type fonts to be printed.

This machine was in storage for many years in a hot outside shed in Florida. The oil and grease turned to a near-solid glue that was almost impossible to remove. Although the machine was in working condition when it was stored, time, dirt, heat and moisture nearly destroyed it.

Like any other Selectric, I first started soaking it to clean and loosen it up. It took many, many hours to get everything cleaned and lubricated again. I found the motor capacitor had swelled and gone bad from age and heat. I ordered a replacement online from an HVAC supplier. Luckily, I had all the manuals to find the specs since I couldn't read what was printed on it. Another gear in the print geartrain had a broken tooth which I replaced from a Selectric II. The leadscrew bias gear was cracked and a replacement couldn't be found. I repaired it the best I could by drilling out some relief holes and compressing the crack together with a hose clamp. I filled the holes with JBWeld and wrapped wire around the gear to help it stay together.

After many hours, it actually works again. What makes this machine special is not only does it have proportional spacing, but it justifies too. In the 1960's, that was a real advantage for publishing. It does all this with purely mechanical functions - no electronics at all!

The errors in the typesample are mine, not the machine.

Model - 6251

SOLD

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Clark Hinson
Username: professorc30

I love mechanical things and have tinkered with manual and electric typewriters since my teens. I have always been fascinated by the IBM Selectric, but it was later in life that I finally got my hands on one to explore. I learned to repair/restore them and suddenly I have several of them. I don't really consider myself a collector, but rather a restorer. I enjoy bringing old machines back to usable condition and then pass them on to other people to use and enjoy.


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